This story was adapted from a longer version at Ensia. When a farmer wonders how much water a crop needs, a simple hands-on test has always sufficed: Grab a handful of soil and feel how it clumps together. Now something else is helping inform the farmer’s touch: Data. Sensors, satellites, and software are adding… Read More
Millennials are thinking more about food than any generation in history. At least that’s the thesis behind Eve Turow’s new book, A Taste of Generation Yum: How the Millennial Generation’s Love for Organic Fare, Celebrity Chefs, and Microbrews Will Make or Break the Future of Food. The 28-year-old writer spent three-and-a-half years interviewing peers, sifting… Read More
The World Health Organization Is Expected to Say Red Meat Is Linked to Cancer (Quartz) In April 2014, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) cited studies linking red and processed meats to colorectal, esophageal, lung, and pancreatic cancer. Since then, the agency has been collecting additional data and it is expected to… Read More
Last spring, an NGO called Moms Across America paid to have ten women’s breast milk tested for glyphosate, the United States’ most widely used weed-killer. According to Moms Across America founder and director Zen Honeycutt, the testing was not intended to be a scientific study, but rather a small, pilot effort undertaken in hopes of prompting further research.
This week, Ahold USA, the parent company of supermarket chains Stop & Shop, Giant Foods, Martin’s, and online grocer Peapod, became the first mainstream American food retailer to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (CIW) Fair Food Program.
The farm is a flagship feature of The Cannery, a residential development in Davis, California, slated for public unveiling next month. And it’s on of a growing number of agrihoods, planned communities that eschew golf courses and build homes around farms instead.
SoFresh Farms, in Canby, Oregon, is not what I expect. When I finally find it, on an out-of-the-way gravel road, I’m struck by how ordinary this rural neighborhood is. There’s a produce farm on one side; a man raising Longhorn cattle on the other. Magnificent Mount Hood dominates the skyline. Other than the 8-foot-high wooden fence surrounding the property, there’s nothing to tip me off that this is a cannabis farm.
Needless to say, I was far from the gluten-free bread, kale chips, and other fad foods of Hollywood. There were few grocery stores nearby and, although we were only four blocks away from a Mexican market with great produce, I rarely saw a farmers’ market. Instead, there were lots of convenience stores filled with pre-packaged, processed foods, fast food restaurants, and small liquor stores with overpriced, overripe produce.
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U.S. House Passes Anti-GMO Labeling Law (Reuters)
After a heated debate on the House floor Thursday morning, the measure was approved 275-150. The bill, which would block the existing GMO labeling labeling law in Vermont and prevent others like it, has not yet been introduced in the Senate. Opponents of the bill said they see it stalling there, but supporters said they are finding growing support.
Over the past decade, blueberries have become big business in the U.S. In 1998, the Oregon blueberry harvest was 17 million pounds. By 2013, blueberry production had catapulted to 90 million pounds, on track to reach 150 million over the next five years. Blueberries are certainly delicious and nutritious, but how much of the Pacific Northwest’s $94-billion-a-year industry can be attributed to the humble fruit’s makeover—by dieticians, cookbook authors, and celebrity doctors—into a superfood?